Police Have A Suspect In Triple Shooting Case

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Police say they have a suspect, but no arrest after three men were found shot to death in Bell County.

Detectives continue to investigate and a small community is trying to deal with what happened.

Joyce Lewis says she can't believe her grandson, Bryan Carnes, is gone.

"Always had a smile on his face, he was a real sweet kid." Lewis said.

Bryan was one of three men found shot to death inside a van Tuesday afternoon, just across the street from Joyce's house.

Bryan's uncle, Arley Carnes and Donnie Fuston were also found allegedly murdered.

Others who live nearby say the old strip mine road they call Tipple Hill, where the three men were found, could be a rough place.

"Up on this hill when you hear a weapon fired you don't think nothing of it," Ray Bailey said.

A man that asked to remain anonymous says the three men were at his house Tuesday morning, just hours before they were found dead.

"They just stopped over at my house and then they went on Tipple Hill and that's all I know."

Police say they believe the men had actually been dead for a couple of days when they found them Tuesday afternoon.

They say they could be close to finding who did it.

"We have a suspect right now, but until we get all the info it will take us a little bit to make sure we have who we're supposed to have," Trooper Walt Meachum said.

"Just hope we catch whoever did it, won't stop until we do," Lewis said.

Because Joyce Lewis can't make sense of her grandson's death until she finds out who did it and why.

The bodies of all three men found dead in Bell County Tuesday were sent to Frankfort Wednesday so autopsies could be performed.


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